While most of us lament not receiving our letter to Hogwarts, it’s an exciting time to remember the magic. The first time you opened the book and read Harry Potter, diving into this hidden magical world. And all fans know that September 1st was the first day of school for witches and wizards of Hogwarts. While Harry’s birthday is more celebrated, why not the return to school? Here are a couple ways you can celebrate!

1 – Re-Read the First Book or Watch the First Movie

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A pretty simple one, but one that can fill your heart with love of the series. I say the first one because reliving the first time we were all introduced to Hogwarts is the best way. Things were new, exciting and innocent with a hint of darkness coming. And it’s magic! Magic, you guys! It’s my personal favorite of the series so I may be biased. But if you don’t have time for the book, a nice re-watch of the film is in order.

2 – Harry Potter Treats!

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The wizarding world is filled with so many snacks and drinks that we all want to try! I wanted to try Pumpkin Juice so badly, I spent $35 to order it online. But you don’t need to do that when you can make your own, like this recipe from BellaOnline. Or you can buy other treats like Bertie Botts Every Flavor Bean. Maybe make your own Harry Potter inspired treats. Either way, treat yo self!

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3 – Merchandise

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Why lament over not having a Hogwarts acceptance letter when you can have one made for you? Or even embracing your House pride with some apparel? Frankly, you can just use the day as an excuse to fill your place with more Harry Potter merchandise. However, you could spend that money on…

4 – Donating to Education

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Whether you donate the series of books to children in need, donate to your local school or even donate for children around the world. Education is a wonderful thing that every child should have access to. Any contribution can help those kids be able to read the books we all know and love. And then they can join in on the fun. 

Whatever you end up doing, make sure it’s full of magic and fun! Welcome back to Hogwarts, witches and wizards!

Erin Lynch